Wednesday, April 10, 2013

PERSONALITY TRAITS: Blog Eight In An Eight Blog Study - The Ugly American Syndrome

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
MANNERS ARE A SENSITIVE AWARENESS  OF OTHERS.
IF YOU HAVE AWARENESS, YOU HAVE GOOD MANNERS
NO MATTER WHICH FORK YOU USE - Emily Post

THE SELF CONGRATULATORY NOTION AMERICANS HAVE THAT THEIR COUNTRY 
IS NUMBER ONE IS BORN OF IGNORANCE AND BAD MANNERS
Bryan Cranston

If people are like crayons, then the world is made up of a crazy mix of all sorts and colors of crayons.  Many Americans' trips abroad suffer because they are treated like Ugly Americans.  Those who are treated like Ugly Americans are treated that way because they are Ugly Americans.  They aren't necessarily bad people, often they are just ignorant, just ethnocentric


THE UGLY AMERICAN SYNDROME

GOOD MANNERS ARE APPRECIATED AS MUCH
 AS BAD MANNERS ARE ABHORED - Bryant H. McGill


There is just no substitute for making a study of the manners and customs of the country you are about to visit, even friendly, English speaking countries.  An excellent source which I use is "Lonely Planet".  Rick Steves advises that even if if you believe American ways are better, your trip will go better if you don't compare.  My advice, if you want to experience the culture of the country you are visiting, don't go in the air conditioned comfort of a tour bus visiting only other Americans.  Take a vacation from America.  Immerse yourselves in the different cultures, experiencing different people and lifestyles,  broaden your perspective.

FREQUENT AND LOUD LAUGHTER IS CHARACTERISTIC
 OF FOLLY AND ILL MANNERS - Lord Chesterfield

To fart or not to fart, is that a question?  Well, should you visit the Inuit people of Canada it is an expression of thanks and appreciation.  Un Huh!  Burp or Belch?  Yep, if you are in India, Turkey, Middle East countries or parts of China.  It is a sign of appreciation and satiety.  Slurping?  By all means in Japan.  Suck those noodles down.  It is considered an indication that the food is good.  Lick your plate?  Not if your Mother is watching is all I can advise!

PRITHEE DON'T SCREW YOUR WIT BEYOND THE COMPASS
OF GOOD MANNERS  - Colley Cibber

Eating at a sidewalk cafe in France or at a McDonald's in Ireland, simple, good manners and kind words will get you through.  In Ireland, customers do not clean their tables at McDonald's.  They just let the trash pile up.  When I cleaned my table, I thought the help was going to kiss me.  On-the-other-hand, I did not make an issue of the eggs in a Big Breakfast at an Irish McDonald's being grey instead of yellow.  Who knew?  That's the way it is.

MOST WOMEN FIND A MAN WITH GOOD MANNERS SEXY
Candice Swanepoel

INNSBRUCK
There is a difference between ignorance of a custom and out-and-out bad manners, the real Ugly American Syndrome.  Our tour group enjoyed the blessing of an official Austrian Guide, in full costume.  As we exited the bus in Innsbruck, a truly once-in-a-life-time experience, she explained where their world famous art and crystal could be purchased. A woman--I did not say lady--in our group replied, "Don't tell us where the junk is, where's the good stuff, we don't want your junk"!


THE PEOPLE WHO TRY TO DO SOMETHING AND FAIL
ARE INFINITELY BETTER THAN THOSE WHO TRY TO DO NOTHING AND SUCCEED.
Lloyd Jones

If you are a regular day-to-day reader, be advised that I am moving to the lake for the summer.  Julie hasn't had the electronics or trash pick up commenced yet, so, no blogs for awhile.  Just know that I am still on the Retirement Highway enjoying life and will share it with you when I can.  Still recovering from my total hip replacement, I hope to regain my full strength this summer.  Your prayers are appreciated.

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

GOD BLESS THE USA  

1 comment:

Phatmom said...

Good travel tips!